(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Release Date: December, 2002
From the Album: A Rush Of Blood To The Head (2002)
Quick Notes: Whereas UK fans were treated to “The Scientist,” Coldplay’s “Clocks” was the second single from the band’s monumental second album, 2002’s A Rush of Blood to the Head. The piano-driven cloudburst of shimmering percussion, sparse string arrangements and delicate electric guitars is a dynamic exchange of conflict and consensus. On the surface, it’s simply pretty, however Martin’s lyrics are much more from the gut. “Come out upon my seas/Cursed missed opportunities/Am I a part of the cure/Or am I part of the disease?” poses the questions most people ponder more than once during their lifetime, and that’s am I worthy enough to exist on this Earth and am I making a worthy contribution to this life? The title metaphorically alludes that as well, pushing one to wonder about the world’s obsession with time while connecting it to the theory: make the best of it when we’re here, present and alive. The lyrics are urgent and with Coldplay’s sparkling musicianship, “Clocks” radiates hope through the threads of frustration. It’s done with class and without cliché. “Clocks” marked Coldplay’s biggest hit to date; it was a mainstay at commercial radio throughout 2003. It also took home a Grammy for Record of the Year at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards that same year.